Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Malaysia instead of France, you would:

Health

be 27.8% less likely to be obese


In France, 21.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people as of 2016.

live 6.3 years less


In France, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Malaysia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 63.8% less likely to be unemployed


In France, 9.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4% as of 2017.

be 73.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In France, 14.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8% as of 2009.

pay a 44.2% lower top tax rate


France has a top tax rate of 50.2% as of 2016. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0% as of 2016.

make 34.0% less money


France has a GDP per capita of $44,100 as of 2017, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,100 as of 2017.

Life

have 53.8% more children


In France, there are approximately 11.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malaysia, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Malaysia, 29.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In France, approximately 3.2 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 11.4 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 13.0% less on education


France spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Malaysia spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Malaysia: At a glance

Malaysia is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 328,657 sq km. During the late 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain established colonies and protectorates in the area of current Malaysia; these were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. In 1948, the British-ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula except Singapore formed the Federation of Malaya, which became independent in 1957. Malaysia was formed in 1963 when the former British colonies of Singapore, as well as Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo, joined the Federation. The first several years of the country's independence were marred by a communist insurgency, Indonesian confrontation with Malaysia, Philippine claims to Sabah, and Singapore's withdrawal in 1965. During the 22-year term of Prime Minister MAHATHIR bin Mohamad (1981-2003), Malaysia was successful in diversifying its economy from dependence on exports of raw materials to the development of manufacturing, services, and tourism. Prime Minister Mohamed NAJIB bin Abdul Razak (in office since April 2009) has continued these pro-business policies and has introduced some civil reforms.

How big is Malaysia compared to France? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia.

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